They say that Nevada has the loneliest roads in the whole of America.
You can certainly travel for hundreds of miles and not see a single person. But are you really alone?
After all, Nevada boasts the most UFO sightings in the world, is home to the mysterious Area 51 military base, where many say alien technology is being analysed – and it even has a road called the ‘Extraterrestrial Highway’.
To find out more MailOnline Travel dropped in to the aptly-named Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, the nearest town to Area 51, to have a chat with the owner about the area’s strange goings on.
Pictured is MailOnline reporter Anthony Joseph on the Extraterrestrial Highway in Nevada
Pictured is the road sign for the Little A’Le’Inn (left) in Rachel, Nevada, and a rather frightening warning sign for Area 51 (right)
Pat, the owner, has lived in Rachel all her life.
To say it’s a small town is an understatement – only 50 people live there.
She is utterly convinced that Area 51 is testing alien life and is adamant she has seen UFOs.
The 63-year-old said: ‘I have actually watched a craft do manoeuvres. It was probably 15 years ago. I can tell you I was just coming home with my niece. It was in a place where there were things that just should never have been there.
Many people around the world have their theories, but local knowledge is always the best. MailOnline visited the Little A’Le’Inn cafe and chatted to the owner, Pat, about her out-of-this-world experiences
Pat said: ‘I have actually watched a craft do manoeuvres at high speed. It was probably 15 years ago’
Pat has lived in Rachel all her life. To say it’s a small town is an understatement – only 50 people live here. Pictured is an alien museum in the desert
THE MYSTERIOUS PASSENGER JETS THAT FLY FROM LAS VEGAS TO AREA 51
At Las Vegas McCarran International Airport is a fleet of passenger aircraft (pictured) it’s impossible to buy tickets for – because they fly to the US’s secret Area 51 military base
In August 2016 it was revealed that a number of passenger planes were flying from Las Vegas McCarran Airport to Area 51.
They don’t carry any company logos – they’re plain white with a red band down the side – and anyone who boards one is sworn to secrecy about where they’re going and what they do for a living.
The reason that the aircraft, mostly Boeing 737s, are so shadowy in nature, is because they serve America’s most secret military base.
But why are they there and what do they do? A Las Vegas taxi driver who served as a pilot for these aircraft said: ‘The people there (at Area 51) are not like us.’
‘It did really weird manoeuvres at high speed. I think we work side by side with alien beings – can I prove it? No. But I feel that. Just the shape of it – it was a saucer shape. It could have been a new technology that we were never aware of yet. But things just happen like that.
‘We told reporters of a sighting that had happened and they did their report. They got part way up the road and saw this thing and they got scared and came back.
‘They came inside and said “I want a shot of tequila” and then he told us their story.
‘They couldn’t get to their cameras as there was actually a vehicle that they couldn’t describe. It was really awesome.’
A sign that all is perhaps not as it seems: Rachel in Nevada is the nearest town to Area 51
Other locals are also convinced that aliens have landed.
She continued: ‘Some of them (the locals) have their own stories. Other people don’t talk about it. We have one lady who was followed from Alamo to here by a craft. She could see it. She feels the only reason she didn’t get abducted was because she was over child-bearing age. Can I prove it? No, but that was what she told me.
‘Many people have seen things happen over the years. Strange things. I think we’ve had beings too – I think about three. We had one who came and attended a conference and we were in the building and in 12 hours he never used the bathroom, never drank anything or ate anything.
‘Can I prove it? No. But I can tell you what happened. I think he was an alien being – I think a lot of them are just like humans.’
Pat talks about aliens almost as if they were an accepted part of life.
She added: ‘It’s kind of common knowledge in these parts that they exist. It’s not to be afraid of. Everybody talks about – it’s been going on so long.’
NEVADA’S OTHER BIZARRE ATTRACTIONS
There are many places to visit between Las Vegas and the Extraterrestrial Highway (State Route 375) in Nevada.
Around two hours north-west of the city you will find yourself in the ghost town that is Rhyolite.
There you will find whacky art displays, including the ghost sculpture of the Last Supper.
There are many places to visit between Las Vegas and the Extraterrestrial Highway (State Route 375) in Nevada. Around two hours north-west of the city you will find yourself in the ghost town that is Rhyolite
An abandoned building in Rhyolite, whichis on the eastern edge of Death Valley. It thrived during the early 20th-century gold rush
At the Goldwell Open Air Museum near Rhyolite is an outdoor sculpture park that contains a ghost sculpture of The Last Supper
Further up the road there is an abandoned school, pub and jail from the early 1900s, which is intriguing.
One hour’s drive north from here is a tiny place called Tonopah. This town was once the home of a mining industry worth $ 2million.
But real estate and gaming became big business throughout Central Nevada and by 1910 and the town of Tonopah had less than half the population it had fifteen years earlier.
The Mizpah Mine still exists and has now become an attraction for visitors.
This abstract stone circle adds to the mysterious atmosphere in Rhyolite
A symbolic mining emblem near Rhyolite that reminds visitors of the town’s gold-prospecting heyday
On the way back to Vegas after Rachel is the ever-popular and picturesque Cowboy’s Dream B&B in Alamo
If you are staying in Tonopah, it is recommended that you stay in the Mizpah Hotel.
The hotel is said to house a ghost deemed ‘the Lady in Red’ by hotel guests who have experienced her presence.
A book at the reception of the hotel has regular updates of similar ghost sightings and experiences from guests who have stayed there.
On the way back to Vegas after Rachel is the ever-popular and picturesque Cowboy’s Dream B&B in Alamo.
This is a real throwback to the Wild West and is a stunning location.
And just before arriving back in Vegas, on Route 93, is Cathedral Gorge State Park, a public recreation and nature preserve area featuring a gorge that’s been eroded in spectacular fashion.
If you’re heading back to Vegas on Route 93, it’s worth stopping off at Cathedral Gorge State Park, a public recreation and nature preserve area featuring a gorge that’s been eroded in spectacular fashion